Given how similar we are, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m a fan of chef/TV personality Anthony Bourdain. Last November, the Travel Channel debuted a second show starring Bourdain. This new one follows Tony as he spends a day in a city and explores the local culture and food scenes. Appropriately, this one is called The Layover. Fans of No Reservations will recognize the style of show but condensed into a smaller time frame.
Today, we bring you all ten of this season’s episodes including Tony’s layover in Montreal.
Episode 1 – Singapore
Tony’s first 24-hour layover lands him in Singapore, a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities that all come together over a national obsession with food. Tony’s friends take him on a tour of the hyper-modern city that manages to stay true to its culinary roots.
Episode 2 – New York
Tony takes on his hometown of NYC. Having lived and explored the city for years, instead of the typical tourist traps, he visits some of the city’s hidden gems while hanging with his chef friends, David Chang and Eddie Huang.
Episode 3 – Rome
Tony has just over 30 hours to explore the Eternal City. He sets off on a whirlwind tour, from the banks of the Tiber River to deep into the crooked ancient alleyways, sampling as much cuisine as he can along the way.
Episode 4 – Miami
Paying homage to his love for Miami Vice, Tony Bourdain’s Layover in Miami is full of hilarity as he takes in the South Beach Art Deco architecture scene and spots bikini clad roller bladers while cruising around in his red convertible.
Episode 5 – Hong Kong
Tony finds himself on a 48-hour layover in the fast-paced, fascinating city of Hong Kong … in the middle of summer. Tony fights the sweltering heat and oppressive smog as he attempts to get his fill of dim sum and roasted meat before his flight home.
Episode 6 – Montreal
A Montreal Layover for Tony means calling up local friends like Martin Picard to explore the city’s hot spots that can’t be found in any guidebook. He sees first hand how intrinsic the local environment is to food and fun.
Episode 7 – Amsterdam
The last time Anthony Bourdain was in Amsterdam was 40 years ago, and he slept in the park. Tony has just 36 hours to explore the city… this time with a slightly different mindset.
Episode 8 – San Francisco
Tony Bourdain finds himself in San Francisco, a city known by vegan and vegetarian lovers alike. He discovers that San Francisco is actually a “bare-knuckled, 2-fisted drinking town,” where you can get a great meal of raw juicy meat for under $20.
Episode 9 – London
A layover in London, Tony’s “home away from home,” means catching up with chef friends Marco Pierre White and Fergus Henderson. He has just enough time for a few pints and a visit to a real-life little shop of horrors before his flight home.
Episode 10 – Los Angeles
Anthony Bourdain has 48 hours to eat the best food that LA has to offer. He stays at one of Hollywood’s most luxurious and legendary hotels, Chateau Marmont.